Monday, June 30, 2008

Goodbye Girl (Sail #15555)

Some great history on Goodbye Girl from Ross Barth of Jefferson, Ohio:

"Goodbye Girl sail # 15555, was built for and first owned by Jim Bozell, from MHYC in cleveland, Ohio. I supervised construction in Costa Mesa Cal, in early 1980. Tom Dreyfus flew out to mount and fair the keel, Jim Pugh then with Peterson, also looked in on const. The boat was shipped to Jim's plant in Ohio, where it was finished, and loaded on its own lowboy semi trailer.

She hit the water flying, (I was on board as sailing master), and won everything in 1980; Lake Erie Race, Class A PH Mac, Lake Erie Boat of the Year, etc. Jim Bozell's illness forced her sale to Herb Finley, and I delivered the boat to Fla., in Jan 1981. She went on to many wins, and renamed "Chesapeak", won class at Key West a decade later.

What a boat...The best ever."

Thanks very much, Ross!

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Mills Race early 80's - Serendipity 43 named Goodbye Girl. Blue hull, new on the scene and dusted our ericson 46. No idea where it went after that race... I always like those boats.

Goodbye Girl was out of Sandusky I think that the Disbrow brothers owned her

Then later that summer [1981] raced with Herb Finley on his Goodbye Girl out of Newport. He was the original owner (I think).

Original owner was Herbert Finley. Did the 1982 SORC.

According to Bill Reilly, Goodbye Girl competed in the 1982 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, as well as the SORC.

Scooped off of David Hamilton's website: Chesapeake is a Peterson 43. I was her navigator during 1990-1993. Sorry there is no picture. Highlights include winning Fall & Spring series in Annapolis, Race Weeks in Block Island, Soloman's Island and Key West, and the Maryland Governor's Cup (overall).

1 comment:

Bonnie Bozell said...

Thanks to Ross Barth for the snip-it on the history of GG! I am Jim bozell's last daughter, Bonnie- and it made me smile to read this clip! :) not to mention, laugh, because i have a whole wall of my father's trophies, flags and memorbilia from GG!